Lakeland gala under the sea

By Geoff Lee

April 12, 2016 6:00 AM

These mermaids came ashore at Lakeland College's President's Gala in Lloyminster Friday night with an under the sea theme. Left to right are esthetician students, Katelyn Ewanus, Andrie Minish and Mikayla Minish.

Lakeland College president Alice Wainwright-Stewart had a night of glad-handing ahead of her as part of her duties at the President’s Gala at the Lloydminster campus on Friday.
“As the president, one of the most important roles that I have this evening is to go around and thank our donors,” she said.
“I will be hitting every table to really talk about what they have done for our students.”
The event showcases how students lead at Lakeland, but it’s her big night too and she explained she wouldn’t be available for interviews once the gala got underway.
The gala expects to raise about $25,000 for student bursaries, scholarships and awards through silent and live auction items along with the sale of sponsorships.
“I want to make sure that I know the donors and personally thank each one of them,” she said.
She noted she is grateful for the response from donors and sponsors given the downturn in the economy.
“Most of the donors have gone through some type of education program and they understand the hardships that many of our students face,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
“Some of our students are working five jobs to support their education and their families, so it’s a pretty exciting event and our donors know that too.”
Wainwright-Stewart tipped her hat to the 100 or so students who helped organize the gala including serving the sea food meal and acting as emcees.
The students created the under the sea decoration theme for the gala.
Students also created auction items, including specialty welding and carpentry projects.
Wainwright-Steward noted all of the proceeds go to Lakeland bursaries and scholarship program.
“Everything we do tonight is to help our students as they move forward in their education,” she said.
Wainwright-Stewart expects the college will raise about $1.3 million by the end of 2016 for the student awards program, up from $1.2 million last year, despite the economy.
“Our donors have been around and they’ve seen it and they are here to support us,” she said.
The gala also featured a performance by Canadian country music icon Michelle Wright who has produced 25 top 10 Canadian hits.
“She’s Canadian and she’s country and that’s our Lakeland College roots,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
The evening also included messages from Lakeland College board chair Darrel Howell,  Vermilion Lloydminster MLA Richard Starke and Mayor Rob Saunders.

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